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. >>> pope benedict officially steps down on thursday. cardinals are gathering in rome to choose his successor. in one of his last acts though as pope benedict changed the rules of the conclave to allow it to get started as soon as they arrive. >> reporter: the pope seems increasingly at peace as he said his last good-byes. he leaves behind a vatican beset by troubles for the next pope and for those who will choose him. britain's most senior cleric keith o'brien, officially resigned and then took the unprecedented step of opting out of the conclave after he was accused of inappropriate contact with three priests dating back 30 years. o'brien disputes the accusations but said he didn't want to be the focus of media attention in rome. the news came as the pope accepted a report into what is likely to be his successor's greatest burden -- an internal investigation into power struggles and corruption within the vatican hire arcingy. the pope ordered the investigation after his butler was found to have stolen papers off his desk. author of "the vatican diaries: an i
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